National Youth Orchestra Summer Proms 2008

From MA alumna Aisling Ennis:

Belmullet to Berne! National Youth Orchestra of Ireland (NYOI) presents

Summer Proms 2008

NYOI Summer Proms 2008 will bring 170 young Irish musicians from the far reaches of Belmullet on the west coast of Ireland, to Bern, the capital of Switzerland. This year NYOI welcomes back two former members Gwendolyn Masin and Clíodhna Ni Aodáin to perform as soloists with NYOI.

Two soloists? That’s right. This summer NYOI is proud to present two touring orchestras. NYOI Junior Orchestra with members aged 12 – 18, and NYOI Symphony Orchestra with members aged 18 – 24.

NYOI Junior Orchestra National tour

Under the baton of Gearóid Grant, and in the electrifying hands of soloist, Gwendolyn Masin NYOI Junior Orchestra present a musical collage of a selection of Bizet’s Carmen Suites, the sonorous tones of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Dvorak’s Symphony no.8.

Their musical adventure begins in Waterford, with a performance in Belmullet, before returning to Dublin to perform at The Helix.

Concert Date & Venue

3rd July 2008 8pm College Street Chapel, Waterford

5th July 2008 8pm Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet, Co Mayo

6th July 2008 8pm The Mahony Hall, The Helix, Dublin

NYOI Symphony Orchestra tour to Switzerland

This summer, NYOI Symphony Orchestra is delighted to have been specially invited to perform in a festival of youth ensembles in Switzerland to mark the 150th anniversary of the Bern Conservatory of Music. Under the baton of Atso Almila, and with soloist and former NYOI player, Clíodhna Ní Aodáin, the orchestra will unite with all other youth ensembles in the festival to perform an open-air joint programme in the centre of Bern.

Date & Venue Programme

31st July Interlaken Concert Hall Mussorgsky-Rimsky Night on a Bald Mountain

Schumann Cello Concerto

Scriabin Le Poeme de l’Extase

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NYOI acknowledges with great appreciation its funders and supporters

The Department of Education and Science, TOYOTA IRELAND,

The Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland and the Musicians Benevolent Fund

NYOI in addition acknowledges the valuable promotional support of

The Irish Times and RTÉ lyric fm